Eylem Delikanlı is a founding coop member and an oral historian. She holds an MA in Sociology (City University NY) and an MA in Oral History (Columbia University). She is the co-author of the books Keşke Bir Öpüp Koklasaydım (with Ozlem Delikanli in Turkish, Istanbul: Ayrıntı Yayınları, September 2013) and Hiçbir Şey Aynı Olmayacak ((with Ozlem Delikanli in Turkish, Istanbul: Ayrıntı Yayınları, November 2019) Her oral history research covers the 1980 Coup D’État in Turkey. She was a visiting scholar at the Institute for the Study of Human Rights at Columbia University and a researcher at Truth, Justice and Remembrance Program at Bosch Stiftung in Berlin. She is a member of Çocuklarız Bir Aradayız initiative – a group working towards building a collective memory of the Coup D’État in Turkey. As an oral historian, Eylem defines her work as oral history for historical justice and her research focuses on theories of post memory, collective memory, mass violence and silence.
Aylin Tekiner is a New York / Istanbul based visual artist, writer, and activist. She received her PhD in Cultural studies at Ankara University in Turkey in 2008. Her book “Ataturk Statues: Cult, Aesthetics, and Politics” is published by Iletisim Yayinlari in Turkey in 2010. In her book, she describes the political landscape of the Ataturk statues during modern Turkey. Her artwork is focused on forgotten and unspeakable tragedies, trauma, and tolerance, and her work empowers the voiceless and confronts the ruling power. Aylin had solo shows and participated in group exhibitions throughout Turkey and abroad. During her post-doc at Yale University School of Drama in 2015, she wrote and performed an autobiographical play that uses shadow theatre technique that incorporates new multi-media technology. Aylin has been working on a graphic novel of the play as well. She is a member of Collective Memory Platform, which was formed by the families of 28 victims of the political murders in modern Turkey and Center for The Study of Social Difference at Columbia University.
Isin Önol is a curator and educator who focuses on interconnecting archival information with oral histories to create platforms for collective memory through collaborative art practices. She is a research scholar at the Center for the Study of Social Difference, Columbia University, and teaches at Montclair State University, Department of Art & Design. She was visiting faculty at the Social Design MA Program at the University of Applied Arts, Vienna (2016-17). Önol founded the Nesin Art Village, an independent art school in Turkey. Recent exhibitions include Women Mobilizing Memory (Istanbul, Vienna, New York, Madrid), and When Home Won’t Let You Stay (Vienna). She curated the International Sinop Biennial (2012-14) and was director of the Elgiz Museum of Contemporary Art, Istanbul (2006-09). She has produced more than 50 exhibitions internationally, and published on the intersection of social justice and art. Önol holds an MFA from Sabanci University, Istanbul, an MAS from Zürich University of the Arts, and is a PhD candidate at the University of Applied Arts, Vienna. She is a member of directors at Roberto Cimetta Fund.
Sergul Aydore is an applied scientist in the field of artificial intelligence and also an adjunct professor at Stevens Institute of Technology. After receiving her undergraduate and M.S. degrees from Bogazici university, she moved to Los Angeles for her PhD degree in Electrical Engineering in University of Southern California in 2009. She moved to New York in 2014 for her postdoc training in Columbia University. Since then she hold positions in academia and industry. She also plays volleyball and dances Argentine Tango.
Çağlar Dölek is a PhD candidate in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Carleton University. He received his BA in International Relations and MA in Political Science from Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey. He has contributed to Science and Society: A Journal of Marxist Thought and Analysis, Austrian Journal of Development Studies, and Praksis. He was the co-editor of the special volume of Praksis on the State, Violence and Coercion in Turkey in the 2000s publishedin January 2016. His commentaries on Turkey have appeared in Birgun Daily, Evrensel Daily and The Bullet, the e-Bulletin of the Socialist Project. His research interests include the critique of political economy, state theory and historical anthropology of the state, law and policing with a particular focus on Turkey.
Bert Azizoğlu is a founding coop member and a Ph.D. Candidate in Public Policy and Fulbright Scholar at the New School in New York. His research focuses on how financialization shapes labor relations, employment and income distribution in OECD countries. He holds MA degrees in economics and law from the Vienna University of Economics and Business as well as the Rotterdam School of Management at the Erasmus University of Rotterdam.
Onur Altındağ is a PhD candidate in Economics at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. He currently works as an IT Fellow at Baruch College and is a research assistant at the National Bureau of Economic Research branch office in New York City. Onur holds an MA in development economics from the University of Paris-Pantheon Sorbonne and an economics degree from Galatasaray University, Istanbul.
Gülce Nazlı Dikeçligil is a Ph.D. candidate in Neuroscience at Stony Brook University. She holds a B.E. in Biomedical Engineering and B.S. in Applied Mathematics. Originally from Istanbul, Turkey she currently resides in New York and has taken part in GEZIniyoruz Network and Gezi Platform NYC. She has contributed to the projects “Talk Turkey Conference: Rethinking Life since Gezi”, Suzanne Lacy’s “Between the Door and the Street”, “We are here Ahparig, Global Photo Campaign”.
Özgür Narin is currently a Visiting Scholar at New York University. He graduated from Electrical & Electronics Engineering Department of Middle East Technical University. Since he was deeply concerned with social problems, he decided to study social science; particularly political economy. He completed his Ph. D. in Development Economics Department of Marmara University. He studied on the capitalist production of Science and Technology, particularly innovation and the changing scientific labour process. Tranformation of the Higher Education system, transformation of the mental labour and the History of Workers’ Management in Turkey are some of his past works. You can see some of his articles (mostly in Turkish) here: https://nyu.academia.edu/OzgurNarin. His current research is on the alternative reorganization of society and social reproduction, particularly, self management practices and self organisation (Autopoiesis) experiences. He tries to build (or participate) a collective internet archive of Labour history of Turkey. Images, photos, audio and video documents of oral interviews etc. are in the scope of this prospective internet archive. His archive of the historical experiences of Workers’ management in Turkey is open access and free to use for research purposes. http://isikdahacokisik.blogspot.com.tr
Esra Akcan is an Associate Professor in the Department of Architecture at Cornell University. She completed her architecture degree at the Middle East Technical University, and her Ph.D. and postdoctoral degrees at Columbia University in New York. She taught history-theory classes and architectural design studios at University of Illinois at Chicago, Humboldt University in Berlin, Columbia University, New School, and Pratt Institute in New York, and METU in Ankara. Akcan received numerous awards and fellowships from the Institute for Advanced Studies in Berlin, Graham Foundation, Clark Institute, Getty Research Institute, Canadian Center for Architecture, CAA, Mellon Foundation, DAAD and KRESS/ARIT. She is the author of the books Architecture in Translation: Germany, Turkey and the Modern House; Turkey: Modern Architectures in History (with Sibel Bozdoğan); Çeviride Modern Olan; and (Land)Fill Istanbul: Twelve Scenarios for a Global City. She is currently working on her next book project on urban renewal.
Gülden Özcan has a PhD in Sociology from Carleton University. Her dissertation Orchestrating the Public: A Contribution to the Critique of Modern Police Power examines the pacification of the proletarian publics through police practices with an emphasis on late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century London. Her areas of interest also include modern Marxist theory, contemporary social and political thought, and neoliberal re-structuration in Turkey. She is the co-editor of A General Police System: Political Economy and Security in the Age of Enlightenment (2009) and Capitalism and Confrontation: Critical Readings (2012). She has contributed to Alternate Routes: A Journal of Critical Social Research, Moment: Journal of Cultural Studies, Kampfplatz, and The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Globalization. Her commentaries on Turkey appeared in The Bullet (Socialist Project, E-Bulletin
Murat Çelikkan has been working as a journalist for the past 25 years in various positions such as reporter, editor, columnist on human rights violations and democracy and chief executive editor. Celikkan has been an active member of the Turkish Human Rights Movement. He was a founding member and has been on the boards of the Human Rights Association, Helsinki Citizens Assembly, Amnesty International and Human Rights Foundation. He has worked on projects related to the Kurdish problem and media ethics. He has been involved in developing the Truth Justice Memory Center since the beginning of 2010.
Çağhan Kızıl is an Associate Professor of Neuroscience in Helmholtz Association, Germany. He obtained his B.Sc. from Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey; M.Sc. from University of Göttingen, and Ph.D from Max Planck Institute Tübingen, Germany. His researches focus on stem cells and their therapeutic use in Alzheimer’s disease. Besides his scientific publications, Çağhan also writes about academic freedom both in Turkey and abroad.
Ümit Akçay, Assoc.Prof. of Economics, is a founding coop member and a researcher in Labour and Finance working group at RIT. He previously was a visiting scholar at the Department of Politics and later at MEIS in New York University between 2011 and 2015 and was a faculty member of Ordu University, Unye IIBF, Economics Department between 2009 and 2011. He has a Ph.D. in economics from Marmara University, Turkey. He is the co- author of Financialization, Debt Crisis and Collapse: The Future of Global Capitalism (in Turkish, Ankara: Notabene Press, 2014), and the author of Money, Bank, State: The Political Economy of the Central Bank Independence, (in Turkish, Istanbul: SAV Press, 2009); and Planning of Capitalism: Transformation of Planning and the State Planning Organization in Turkey, (in Turkish, Istanbul: SAV Press, 2007). His research focuses on development economics, comparative development studies, economic crises, central banking, and financialization. He writes regularly at Kriz Notları Blog on various aspects of global economic crisis. His other works are avaliable at https://independentresearcher.academia.edu/UA
Aslı Iğsız is Assistant Professor of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies. Her teaching and research interests include cultural representation and cultural history, narratives of war and displacement, and dynamics of alterity in late Ottoman and contemporary Turkish contexts. Her publications span a variety of issues that include the politics of memory; nation branding; alliance of civilizations and image wars; law, neoliberalism, and the Gezi Park Protests in Turkey. Her current book project, Humanism in Ruins: Liberal Multiculturalism, Memory and the 1923 Greek-Turkish Population Exchange in Contemporary Turkey, examines the implications of “liberal multiculturalism” and cultural memory as a mode of humanism in the post-Cold War and post 1980 military-coup era.
Jeffrey C. Goldfarb is the Michael E. Gellert Professor of Sociology at the New School for Social Research. He is the author of dozens of articles and eight books, including Civility and Subversion: the Intellectual in Democratic Society (Cambridge University Press, 1998), which provides the theoretical guidelines for the practices of his blog Deliberately Considered. He has studied, historically and comparatively, the conditions and consequences of free public life, with special focus on Central Europe and North America. In recent years he has been studying this problem in Israel – Palestine. He has also worked to link his theoretical endeavors to practical action in supporting free public life. For his public and intellectual work in Central Europe, Goldfarb was awarded the Solidarity Medal from the Polish government, presented by former President Lech Walesa.
Nidhi Srinavas is Associate Professor of Non-profit Management at The New School in New York City. His research interests center on critical theory, civil society and post-colonial management knowledge. His research has been published in journals such as Non-Profit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, Organization Studies, Organization, and Critical Perspectives on International Business. Srinivas has a particular interest in the countries of India, China, Brazil and Turkey, countries that are sometimes called “middle-income” countries, and some of which are also known as “BRICS countries”. His interest stems from the transitions made by these countries from colonial regimes of accumulation towards nationalist strategies of growth, particularly in their market policies and networks of civil society actors. From 2010-2012 Srinivas was an India-China Institute Fellow and studied social innovation practices in Rajasthan, India and Yunnan, China. He was also a Fellow at the BRICS Center in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in August 2013; in Rio de Janeiro he studied civil society responses to the impending mega events. Srinivas has also served as a visiting professor at the Escola Brasileira de Administraçao Publica e de Empresas (EBAPE) at the Fundação Getulio Vargas, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and at the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore, India.